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South Dakotans vote down marijuana 2 years after approving it

Marijuana plants grow in a marijuana cultivation facility (file photo)
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South Dakota voters have rejected a proposal to decriminalize marijuana.

Unofficial results on the Secretary of State's website show Initiated Measure 27 failed, with 53% voting against it and 47% voting in favor. The measure failed by just under 20,000 votes.

Voters decided to legalize the plant two years ago. That constitutional amendment was tossed out in the courts.

The results from the 2020 vote were quite different. That measure passed with more than 54% approval, winning by nearly 25,000 votes.

Marijuana legalization advocates said the measure will decrease stress on the criminal justice system and create a new stream of revenue for the state. Opponents argued it would increase crime and endanger children.

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